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Paddock Postcard from Melbourne 18 Mar 2012

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, 15 March 2012 
Formula One World Championship, Australian Grand Prix, Rd1, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing signs autographs.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 16 March 2012 (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren with Lenny Kravitz (USA) Rock Star.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 16 March 2012

Once again the city of Melbourne rocked as Formula One racing hit town. Traditional Australian pastimes dominated initially with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber opting for a spot of cricket on the beach and Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo trying his hand at Aussie rules football after visiting Carlton Football Club and meeting a couple of their players, Matthew Kreuzer and Michael Jamison.

The Albert Park paddock was also packed with personalities. From the racing world came Sir Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Damon Hill, Alan Jones, David Coulthard, steward Johnny Herbert and Vern Schuppan, together with motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan, Martine and Ryan Walkinshaw and former Lotus/McLaren engineer Steve Hallam.

Personalities from the world of entertainment included Lenny Kravitz, who paid Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger a visit at McLaren and who headlines two F1 Rocks™ in Melbourne concerts over the weekend. Australian Idol singer Ricki-Lee Coulter and the evergreen Leo Sayer were two other pop stars in attendance.

The paddock was also teeming with Sky TV personnel - at 81 there were said to be more of them than HRT team members, as the television company covered their first Grand Prix.

In the Shannons Historic Demonstration Paddock on Sunday, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport paid a 60th anniversary tribute to Squadron Leader Tony Gaze DFC OAM. The 92 year-old was Australia’s first Grand Prix driver, and is married to Lex Davison’s widow Diana.

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